A couple of months ago, I called Betty Peabody. She’s a park fixture — one of the founders of the nonprofit Friends of Balboa Park and a 43-year volunteer there.

I asked her about her favorite place in the park.

“Oh! I’d have to think about that,” she said.

She said she’s usually working so much in the park she rarely gets to an exhibit. But she did share one place, connected to her late husband, Homer Peabody.

“We do have a bench, my husband and I, over by the Botanical Building,” she told me. “I think maybe that’s one of the favorite places. It can be quiet; you can watch the children playing in the fountain. At certain times of the day, the week, other times, it’s very quiet and peaceful. You can catch your breath for a few minutes.”

Photo by Sam Hodgson

We’re launching a photo project experiment to capture glimpses of some of the park’s far-flung and favorite places, like Betty’s bench. Join us by going to the park on Saturday, Dec. 1, and taking a photo wherever you are at 3 p.m. Then upload it or share it with us and use the hashtag #balboaparkphoto. (Read more info about the project and how you can participate here.)

And plan to join us next Wednesday for our “Meeting of the Minds” event centered on Balboa Park.

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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